Bella Smiles at Nesconset is home to a team of dental professionals that offer a variety of treatments for gum disease. Our team is passionate about keeping your smile healthy and functional. Gum disease is a progressive disease that can affect your oral health and can eventually lead to devastating overall health problems. The best way to prevent gum disease is with proper oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease forms when you do not regularly remove plaque from your teeth. You remove plaque with proper dental care including daily brushing and flossing and professional teeth cleanings. Plaque can harden into tartar. Both plaque and tartar are filled with bacteria that will harm the gums.
Pockets of bacteria can form in the gums leading to infections and the gums will begin to separate from the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to gum recession, bone loss, and tooth loss.
The Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Drs. Lotardo, Pop, or Caesar will examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease during every routine dentist appointment. Some people may not even realize they have the beginning stages of the disease especially if they have not visited the dentist in a while. There are a few signs of gum disease that you should not ignore. You should schedule an appointment at our Nesconset, NY dental office if you notice any of the following symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Red gums that are swollen or sore
- Receding gums
- Sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes to the fit of your dentures
- Loose permanent teeth
Gum Disease Treatments in Nesconset
If you are diagnosed with mild gum disease or gingivitis, your treatment plan may include an antibacterial rinse that you will use at home. After a thorough dental cleaning, an antibacterial rinse can help maintain gum health in between your regular dentist appointments. This should help keep the bacteria under control and prevent the progression of gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning that dentists use during the beginning stages of gum disease. This periodontal cleaning removes plaque and tartar from the deep pockets that have formed along the gum line. Drs. Lotardo, Pop, or Caesar will use special tools to scrape away the buildup. This procedure is necessary to get rid of the bacteria before it causes serious damage such as tooth loss or severe gum recession.
People who suffer from advanced gum disease typically have damaged and diseased gum tissue. A dentist will need to remove this tissue in order to halt the progression of the disease. Laser dentistry allows your dentist to remove the diseased tissue without the need for surgery, sutures, or downtime. Using dental lasers to accomplish this is more effective and less painful for the patient. It will stimulate the healing process to restore healthy gums.
Bella Smiles at Nesconset offers many services to treat your gum disease at any stage. If you suffer from gum disease or have not visited a dentist in a while, schedule an appointment at Bella Smiles in Nesconset, NY. We can help you get your oral health back on track!